If you need to raise some cash quickly, you have a number of options at your disposal. However, it is important to avoid work at home scams, and schemes that prey on your dire financial circumstances. Falling prey to scam artists could leave you with even less money than before. Fortunately, you can find a number of legitimate ways to make money without spending a cent.
Schedule a yard sale to clear away your unwanted items and bring in some extra money. Sort through your closets, storage sheds, basement and the garage. Many of us have hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars worth of items just hanging around the house.
Sort out any collectibles and specialty items and post them on specialty auction sites and websites catering to collectibles. You can also seek out antique stores in your area to sell your collectibles and get fast cash.
Sign up for a number of freelancing sites that do not charge a membership fee. You can find many freelancing sites online, offering jobs ranging from web development and computer programming to editing, proofreading and copy writing. You can also find sites dedicated to freelance writing, and many of those sites pay cash up front for the articles and stories they accept. Seek out projects that meet your qualifications and that have a fast turnaround time.
Visit the temporary employment agencies in your area and complete an application. You can supplement your full-time income by taking temporary jobs in the evenings and on the weekends. Also keep an eye out for job openings at the places you visit every day, from the local grocery store to the bank and dry cleaner. Many temp agencies pay weekly, so you can reap the benefits of your hard work sooner than most other jobs. For warehouse and labor work, you can also use temp agencies that specialize in day labor -- those jobs often pay at the end of each day.
Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.